Final Update 9 – 8:30PM Sunday – Live Blog Christmas Storm 2022

This post will be added and updated through the Weekend.

We are in for what looks like a serious bunch of weather. I am going to go into “Live Blog” mode and try to update this post as much as I can as new forecasts, conditions, and issues emerge. New information will be added to the top of the post.

Update 9 – 8:30PM – All watches and warnings ended.

Thankfully, all the watches and warnings have ended for now. We have not warmed a whole lot in Port Alberni, but on the plus side it allowed us to have snow on the ground for Christmas Day! 8cm by my measure.

The rain lasted pretty much all day. This should end overnight but there will be more rain all week. Take the breaks in the rain when you can 🙂

I hope you all had a fun and festive time, or maybe a relaxing time, or maybe just a quiet time. Whatever it was, I wish you well.

I’ll take a break for a couple days and be back later for a New Year’s forecast. You can count on plenty of rain for the foreseeable future. 🙂

Take care.

Chris and Family. ❤️

End of 8:30PM and Final Update

Update 8 – 11:30AM – Rainfall Warnings Remain!

Rain continues to fall. My station is both plugged with snow and likely having radio transmission issues so I have not recorded any rain on my station yet. I would estimate about 30mm has fallen since last night, but that could be a lot more. We’ll see what the Airport Station has for its totals.

We are already experiencing local flooding and drain backups in Port Alberni. Here is the text of the Rainfall Warning this morning:


– Total rainfall of 125 mm and strong southeast winds for West Vancouver Island;
– Total rainfall up to 100 mm for Inland Vancouver Island.

Discussion: A second Pacific frontal system contains a significant amount of moisture resulting in rainfall rates of up to 10 mm/hr. In addition, strong southeast winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 are expected over exposed coastal sections of West Vancouver Island.

The rain will ease to showers this afternoon as the system moves to the east.
Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc45

Rain Ending Soon – Temperature Steady

The rain should end pretty soon. This morning’s model indicates the main rainfall areas clear the Island before 1PM except Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula.

Warm Air is here, but not Port Alberni yet

Here is the current temperature map from Wunderground:

I’m glad actually that it has not warmed up more yet in Port because it has slowed down the potential melt. We have not seen any wind yet. We’ll see if we get any but at this point I expect to stay near freezing until Sunday.

Christmas Rain

Showers and rain will begin Christmas morning around 10AM for many places.

It will continue through the day but the main force of the system will come onshore in the evening. By 7PM the atmospheric river is pointing toward the mid-Island.

There will be two main waves overnight. The second wave will finish around 5AM.

I would expect the rainfall warnings to continue through Christmas Day and end Boxing Day morning.

Take care out there. It’s a mess on the roads. Hopefully you’re where you need to be already!

End of the 11:30AM Update

Update 7 – 11:00PM – Rainfall Warnings!

Just a quick update to flag the Rainfall Warning now in effect and the new EC forecast of 50-70mm overnight in Inland (Port Alberni / Gold River) and up to 125mm on the West Coast. This is in addition to the Winter Storm Warning that remains in effect due to the Freezing Rain risk.

You will want to add checking your local drains to make sure they are not clogged with ice and snow.

Goodnight!

End of the 11:00PM Update

Update 6 – 9:00PM – Freezing Rain continues. Rain is on the way!

We ended up getting enough freezing rain to coat everything! It is kind of beautiful! Too bad it’s so dangerous!

I’ve never seen anything like this:

The expectation is that by this time Saturday/Christmas Eve this should all be melted away, so let’s get into it!

Next system off the Coast

There it is, our very wet destiny!

Still chance of freezing rain overnight.

I would not expect any more snow to fall, though we might get some sleet. But I think we can expect more freezing rain at least until Saturday morning. The image below is 7-10PM Friday. There are still some pockets of cold air in the model delivering snow (green) especially toward Courtenay/Campbell River.

However, after midnight as the main force of the system arrive it’s all rain.

By 4-7AM the firehose is squarely pointed at the mid-Island. With heavy precipitation rates you could see the temperature get dragged down and a messy mix but I expect the vast majority of this will be rain and it could warm up to as high as 5ºC before noon.

The rain should clear by 1PM Saturday afternoon according to the map below except the extreme South Island.

King Tide Saturday.

As we did Friday, Saturday will feature a King Tide of 3.8m. This will deliver a potential for flooding with the melting snow. Let’s hope the low river levels at least help mitigate this threat. High Tide is at 12:25PM.

Take care out there!

End of the 9:00PM Update

Update 5 – 9:00AM – Freezing Rain and Ice Pellets and a hard sad drive.

We were on the road to the Nanaimo Emergency Vet last night at 12AM after our little Daschund ate some frozen dough balls. She didn’t make it.

Needless to say, driving conditions were terrible. I might not post anymore today… or this weekend. Or I might post just to distract myself like I am now.

We have 10cm on the ground at Alberniweather. The freezing rain should stop this afternoon but might return tonight before the warm winds come and change it to rain.

Please heed the warnings. Take care out there. And hug your fur babies.

8AM Snow measurement
Her favourite bed is empty except her favourite bone.
She was a good dog. Often into mischief but always loved.

We had her for 8 of her 12 years. Katy was a very good doggy.

End of the 9:00AM Update

Update 4 – 5:45PM – Snow has begun.

The snow has begun to fall in and around Port Alberni.

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Winter Storm Warning continued.

Here is the latest text of the warning:

As freezing levels rise, heavy snow will become mixed with ice pellets and then change to rain late Friday over most of Vancouver Island, and Friday night to Saturday over the mainland. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm are expected. Local blowing snow is possible in strong easterly winds resulting in near zero visibilities.

Furthermore, freezing rain is expected during the transition from snow to rain, which could cause significant impact on road conditions. For inland sections of Vancouver Island, periods of freezing rain could continue into Saturday afternoon.

As the system progresses and warming becomes dominant, heavy rain is expected. Localized flooding due to snow-blocked drains and melting snow is likely.

In the Whistler area and on the Sea to Sky highway, precipitation will persist as snow, and become heavy at times on Saturday. Travellers should be prepared for significant travel delays on Saturday and Saturday night.

On the west side of Vancouver Island, on Saturday, rainfall amounts are likely to exceed 100 mm rainfall warning criteria.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc45

Beware driving

From this point on you should consider not driving. If you are already on the road, try to get where you need to go. Conditons will worsen this evening and overnight into tomorrow morning.

End of the 5:45PM Update

Update 3 – 12:45PM – Thursday – New Models and Forecast Out

Environment Canada has updated it’s forecast.

  • They expect 10cm of snow or ice pellets tonight.
  • They expect 5-10cm of snow and/or ice/freezing rain on Friday.

That is a total of up to 20cm of snow from now to Friday afternoon. More snow is expected Friday night before the warm air comes in and things really get messy.

Latest UWash High-Resolution Model

In quick point form here is what the high-resolution UWash model says:

Thursday

  • Precipitation begins no later than 7PM Thursday – likely Snow
  • Expect southeast winds to accompany this.
  • Heavier Snow should start around Midnight.

Friday

  • Snow continues for all South Island areas until around 5AM
  • SouthEast winds will accompany all of this for most areas.
  • Snow lightens, and may turn to rain or freezing rain/ice pellets early Friday morning.
  • Mix of Snow and Freezing Rain in scattered areas across Vancouver Island all day Friday and into Friday evening. We may or may not see a warming trend on Friday afternoon. It hard to say and will depend on location and geography.

Christmas Eve Saturday – Storm #2

  • The Warmup Begins – UWash model predicts only rain from Saturday onward.
  • Temperatures should be above Freezing.
  • Light Freezing Rain, Showers, or Flurries from Midnight to 5AM
  • Main system arrives around 6AM with heavier rain/freezing rain/snow.
  • Precipitation peaks in Port Alberni in the 9-10AM until the 1-2PM hours. This is in line with King Tides. Flooding risk Highest Now.
  • Storm begins to clear around 6PM on Christmas Eve Saturday.

Christmas Sunday – Storm #3 – Atmospheric River

The picture below is for 7-10AM on Christmas Day. Greys and blacks are rain.

Merry Christmas! 😂

By the Way! I have updated the Christmas Light Tour Map! If you have any suggestions or additions or deletions, please comment or email there.

END – 12:45PM UPDATE

Update 2 – 10:30AM – Thursday – Winter Storm Watch is now a Warning.

Here is the main text:

As freezing levels rise, heavy snow will become mixed with ice pellets and then change to rain late Friday over most of Vancouver Island, and Friday night to Saturday over the mainland. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm are expected. Local blowing snow is possible in strong easterly winds resulting in near zero visibilities.

Furthermore, freezing rain is expected during the transition from snow to rain, which could cause significant impact on road conditions. For inland sections of Vancouver Island, periods of freezing rain could continue into Saturday afternoon.

As the system progresses and warming becomes dominant, heavy rain is expected. Localized flooding due to snow-blocked drains and melting snow is likely.
Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc45

The High Resolution models are just starting to come out right now. I’ll post another update once they are complete around noon.

END – 10:30AM UPDATE

Update 1 – 9:30AM – Thursday – Winter Storm Watch will Upgrade to Warning

Winter Storm Watch for Inland, East, West Vancouver and Victoria and Vancouver

Here is the text of the Winter Storm Watch for Port Alberni/Inland. I expect this to be upgraded to a warning by the 11AM or 4PM Thursday update from Environment Canada.

As freezing levels rise, heavy snow will become mixed with ice pellets and then change to rain late Friday over Vancouver Island, Friday night to Saturday over the mainland. The exact precipitation amounts and timing of the transition to rain still remain uncertain at this point. Current guidance indicates total snowfall accumulations ranging from 10 to 20 cm are expected. Local blowing snow is possible in strong easterly winds resulting in near zero visibilities.

Furthermore, freezing rain is expected during the transition from snow to rain, which could cause significant impact on road conditions. For central and eastern Fraser Valley and inland Vancouver Island, periods of freezing rain could continue into Saturday afternoon.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc45

It’s worth noting, Toronto, Ontario also has a Winter Storm Watch/Warning in effect. We are in a strange weather world!

Storm #1 – Thursday Night and into Friday

The morning models are updating right now. I will update again in an hour or two when the very-high resolution model is finished but for now we can get an idea of the broad picture.

Light snow will begin this afternoon for most areas. The main body of the system bringing significant snowfall will not reach the South Island until around 8PM. However, the SouthEast winds should start well before then. Here is the 7-8PM picture:

You can see those strong SE winds off of the West Coast and in the Strait of Georgia. Expect Ferry cancellations possibly as soon as the 5PM sailings.

Snowfall should continue to increase into the overnight hours. By the 1-2AM period the heaviest precipitation rates will have reached the entire South Island.

The expectation is for all of this to fall as snow or ice pellets. We’ll see what the very-high resolution models show in a few hours for local impacts. We can see the Winds remain strong SE overnight.

The next picture looks like the back of the front will start to clear the precipitation around 6-7AM on Friday on the West Coast, Courtenay and Port Alberni.

The SE winds should start to ease Friday morning but there remain patches of snow and potential freezing rain or ice pellets all day Friday. The image below shows that patchy precipitation over the Island. Snow or sleet could continue in Cowichan and Port Alberni. We also see the shift in the wind from SE to SW in preparation for the next storm.

The shift in wind may indicate a shift in temperature to quickly warm up. We’ll see. The image below shows more moisture on Friday evening starting around 6-7PM

I will leave it there for this update. Come back later for another update as the models change and Environment Canada updates its guidance. Stay safe out there. Get your shopping done today!

END – 9:30AM UPDATE

Previous Forecast for entire Weekend plus King Tide

The main gist of the outlook for the weekend is in yesterday’s blog. That will give you an overview of what to expect and first look on timing. I remain very concerned about the expected combination of King Tide and melting snow and rain.

4 thoughts on “Final Update 9 – 8:30PM Sunday – Live Blog Christmas Storm 2022

  1. I love this site when the weather is active. Appreciate the updated reasons to stay home tonight

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